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Book Information:

Author: Anthony Lo Bello

Title: Origins of mathematical words: a comprehensive dictionary of Latin, Greek, and Arabic roots

Additional book information: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2013, xviii+350 pp., ISBN 978-1-4214-1098-2, US $49.95

Author: Joseph Mazur

Title: Enlightening symbols: a short history of mathematical notation and its hidden powers

Additional book information: Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2014, xxiv+285 pp., ISBN 978-0-691-15463-3, US $29.95

**[Arianrhod, 2015]**Robyn Arianrhod,*Enlightening symbols: a short history of mathematical notation and its hidden powers [book review of MR3183982]*, Notices Amer. Math. Soc.**62**(2015), no. 2, 148–151. MR**3243610****[Cajori, 1929]**Cajori, F.,*A History of Mathematical Notations, Volume 1: Notations in elementary mathematics, Volume 2: Notations mainly in higher mathematics*, Open Court, Chicago, 1929.**[Cardano, 1545]**Cardano, G.,*Ars magna.*, The M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, MA-London, 1545.*1968 translation*The great art or the rules of algebra*by T. Richard Witmer, with a foreword by Oystein Ore.***[Dantzig, 2005]**Dantzig, T.,*Number, the Language of Science*, Pi Press, New York. Reprint of the 1954 edition, edited by Joseph Mazur, 2005.**[Katz and Parshall, 2014]**Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall,*Taming the unknown*, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2014. A history of algebra from antiquity to the early twentieth century. MR**3237138****[Schwartzman, 1994]**Steven Schwartzman,*The words of mathematics*, MAA Spectrum, Mathematical Association of America, Washington, DC, 1994. An etymological dictionary of mathematical terms used in English. MR**1270906**

Review Information:

Reviewer: John Stillwell

Affiliation: University of San Francisco

Email: stillwell@usfca.edu

Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc.

**53**(2016), 331-335

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/bull/1518

Published electronically: August 28, 2015

Review copyright: © Copyright 2015 American Mathematical Society